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The last time we caught up with Recording Connection
apprentice Taylor Crommie
(in our October 27 newsletter
), he had completed his basic apprenticeship course at ES Audio
and had returned to the Recording Connection to work on his master’s program with Matt “Linny” Linesch
at United Recording
in Los Angeles, CA—not to mention the slew of gigs he worked in-between, including running live audio for several bands at SXSW
, composing music for smartphone apps and working with alternative indie band Breakfast.
As if he didn’t have enough to do.
We recently checked back in with Taylor, and it turns out he’s still proving what a go-getter attitude can accomplish. As he continues working through his master’s program, he’s expanding his education even further–into the world of K-pop
, of all places. With the help of Recording Connection student services, Taylor has connected with yet another apprenticeship: this time with Joombas Music Group
in Los Angeles, where he’s getting the chance to work some of K-pop’s up-and-coming artists, including South Korean 7-piece boy band Speed
“I went in to Joombas as a blank slate ready to learn their formula,”
says Taylor. “I love it there! The knowledge I’m gaining about K-pop and the culture behind the music is completely different then the American side of the music industry.”
At Joombas, Taylor is working closely with head engineer Marco Reyes
, who has worked with K-pop artists like Exo, SHINee
and Girls Generation
and has produced at least a dozen hits on the K-pop charts. He’s also gotten to meet some of the company’s lead writers and producers, including noted producer Ross Lara
, whose client list includes such electro artists as Daft Punk
and Paul Oakenfold.
Taylor says the experience he’s gaining at Joombas is serving to expand his abilities and his range. “I don’t see K-pop as my end goal, but the learning experience has been amazing,”
he says. “My mixing abilities have already increased and are only getting better and more innovative. At Joombas, I’m learning the pop formula, which is something that will help me achieve more of the commercial style. Then I get a great taste of the traditional style at United Recording [formerly Ocean Way Hollywood], which is really where my heart is.”
As for Taylor’s other projects—he still does a lot of production work for Breakfast
, recently co-writing and producing the single “Diane,” inspired by the character on David Lynch’s TV series Twin Peaks.
The song is currently generating a lot of interest with over 10,000 plays on SoundCloud and honorable mentions by some high-profile blogs. And almost as icing on the cake—Taylor recently got the opportunity to take a backstage tech tour with Jimi Petulla and Brian Kraft at this year’s Grammy Awards!
Even as Taylor Crommie continues making his own mark on the L.A. music scene, his ongoing story is living proof that when you put yourself in the right place at the right time, and when you say yes to as many opportunities as possible, the opportunities keep coming. One of the reasons Taylor keeps so busy is that he’s open to the opportunities that come his way, without worrying too much about a particular genre or which styles of music hold more weight.
“It’s all music,”
he says. “[It’s all] how well you express yourself to your audience… I want to work with everyone and have the tools to do it! The Recording Connection is helping me reach that goal.”